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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Five years later, I look back at all we have gone through to get where we are today and I smile. It has been an amazing journey in one of the greatest industries in the world. We have met a ton of new friends, all in the name of great beer! This beer was brewed to celebrate all the great times we have had and plan on having in the future. Brewed with five different malts and five hop varieties this deep, dark and hoppy ale is meant to be enjoyed with friends. Straight from the captain’s cellar to yours, we hope you enjoy! – Scott Vaccaro

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4.8
GODiSSOUTHERN (390) - Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Ruby colored brew with musty and complex hop aromas. Nice chewy mouthfeel with caramel and aggressive hop character without harsh notes. Awesome beer!

4.6
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2011
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with and courtesy of Vinnie. Oh, and Juden. Pour is a straigh Coca-Cola black with a rich, velvety smooth bubbled seafoam head; the head looks like the blown back side of rough waves. Lacing is geographical, forming shapes like continents in tight bubbles down the sides. Aroma of honey, caramel, burnt roasted malts, coffee beans, peppercorn, and slight bready, yeasty dough. Full, rich, luxuriously smooth and tongue-coatingly warm body. Excellent finish with a bit of boozy warming that blooms in through the throat and into the chest. Rich chocolate, caramel, fresh orange flavors abide throughout. What a spectacular beer.

4.5
Marheb (6193) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Terriblement bien balancé entre la corpulence maltée et le kick parfumé du houblon. Pas très boozy pour 10% mais très sirupeux. Presque parfaite intervention de l’amertume.

4.3
superspak (6015) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2011
750 ml bottle into oversized wine glass. Pours clear dark brown color with a huge 3 finger light tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap that lasts. Nice thick lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of caramel, bread, roasted malt, chocolate, orange, and pine. Nice complex and hoppy aromas. Taste of big chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, orange, and pine. Decent amount of bitterness present on the finish; with lingering notes of orange, chocolate, and roasted flavors. Medium carbonation and full bodied. Nice creamy mouthfeel and smooth drinkability for the alcohol level. No alcohol in the taste and a fair amount of warming present on the finish. Overall, a delicious black ale. Tons of flavor and complexity with easy drinkability for the alcohol level.

4.2
bhensonb (15766) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Tall 750 from Half Time. Pours really black with a creamy 3 finger tan head which does a little ring lacing. Aromas of piney hop and milk chocolate. Med body. Creamy carb. Flavor is dark roast malt, pine and I still think milk chocolate. Oooh. It is very tasty. I’d say the main thing is bitter hop, but the dark malt and chocolate are not to be denied. Finish is sort of all that at the same time. Bitter. Chocolate. But not bitter chocolate. Go figure. Brilliant ale.

4.2
TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 8, 2011
Pours a deep brown pushing black with amber notes when held to the light. Aroma of up front floral, piney and citrusy hop. The hops are quickly followed by caramel, tobacco and chocolate. Flavor of piney and grapefruit hops, chocolate, caramel, toffee and tobacco. Malt sweetness present but not cloying. No real alcohol burn.

4.2
steelcitybrew (454) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2011
Pours a dark brown with a nice white head. very boozy aroma with bourbon, caramel, brown sugar. taste is a bit more hoppy, has some chocolate, caramel, and pine. overall a really good american strong ale. Id like to try more from this brewery.

4.2
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Shenandoah Throwdown. 75cl bottle, thanks TroyNYC. Large tan head, dark brown body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, cocoa, some roast, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, cocoa, pine, some roast. Medium-full body, some stickiness, acidity. Fairly smooth.

4.1
Jow (4092) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2011
Poured bottle into my CL glass which I didn’t break cuz I’m responsible. Nice dark pour with great looking tan head. Taste is very chocalty, with some pine bitters, some citrus and toffee. Finish dry and pleasant. Very nice Friday night brew


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